About Shea Butter

Q:  What is Shea Butter?

A:  Shea butter is a solid oil made from the nuts of Karite trees. Our Shea butter is grown in Ghana. A women’s collective extracts the butter from the nuts giving employment and income to hundreds of thousands of rural African village women. Shea butter is so non-toxic and beneficial that it is used in foods and cooking as well as our soaps, lotions, lip balm, bath bombs and scented shea butter. Shea butter has soothing, moisturizing and protecting effects. It displays a protecting role against UV rays because of its content in cinnamic acid and is able prevent certain sun allergies. 

Q: Why is my shea butter firm?

A:  Our shea butters are 100% pure shea butter unscented or scented with essential oils and/or fragrance.  It is unlike a body butter or cream as it undiluted pure shea butter with no water content.  It is very dense before it has been stirred up.  The texture fluctuates with the temperature...when it's warm it's soft and when it's cold it's firm.  If the shea butter is very firm, you can put the jar in the microwave for 20 second intervals or in a warm sunny window just until it's soft enough to stir.  Once the shea butter is stirred it will stay much creamier and easy to apply.  The easiest way to apply the shea butter all over the body is to take a scoop in the palm of your hands and rub them together until the butter has melted.  Then you can apply the shea butter like a lotion.  Shea butter is excellent for the skin from head to toe!

Q:  What are the benefits of using shea butter on my skin?

A:  Shea butter helps cell regeneration and capillary circulation. This helps the healing of small wounds and skin cracks. It is an asset against skin aging because of the restructuring effects on the epidermis, also on dry and brittle hair. Dry skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, sun burn, and burns are all helped by natural shea butter. It has an anti-elastase characteristic which makes it a good active ingredient against stretch marks. Shea butter can also be used to treat rheumatism and aching muscles. It is very well tolerated by the skin and does not normally trigger any allergic reaction and can even be used on very sensitive skin.